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Head's plea for crossing
AN ABINGDON headmaster is calling for traffic calming measures near his school after the latest accident involving a pupil.
Chris Harris, who is headteacher of Larkmead School, wants measures in Spring Road and Faringdon Road, including a dedicated crossing, to prevent further accidents.
On Wednesday a boy ran out and was involved in an accident with a Mercedes car.
He was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg but doctors found he had no broken bones.
In the past four years two children have been killed on the roads around Larkmead while making their way to or from school.
Mr Harris said: “We have already done everything we can short of being able to get these traffic-calming measures.
“There is still a need for more road awareness and eduction and this week’s accident emphasises that but this was not the kind of incident that our systems would probably prevent.
“We work very hard to have a safe system and have invested quite a lot of money in it.”
Mr Harris said the school has a crossing patrol officer and tells cyclists to leave the school via the rear exit to prevent a rush of cyclists leaving the premises at the end of the day.
As well as trying to prevent children from becoming involved in accidents as they come and go from the school, Larkmead also holds assemblies on the topic of road safety to educate its pupils.
In 2008, 17-year-old Larkmead pupil Sarah Waterhouse was killed when she collided with a coach while cycling to school.
The school then launched a road safety campaign in her honour.
In 2009 another schoolgirl, 11-year-old Ty-Ree Partridge, died after colliding with a van.
Thames Valley Police said a driver was questioned at the scene of Wednesday's crash but was not reported.
Oxfordshire County Council was unavailable to comment.